It’s going to be a big day of wrapping at the Hudson Valley Hospital Center:
Santa’s Helpers at Hudson Valley Hospital Center will spend the afternoon of Dec. 19 wrapping mountains of presents to make wishes come true for local children and their families.
In an annual tradition, at 1 p.m. in the Wagner Conference Room staff will begin wrapping more than 800 gifts that will be donated to local social services agencies and delivered to families in need. Pajamas and books, dolls, trucks, musical instruments and art supplies, boots, socks and tons of toys, clothing and other gifts will be packaged in a few short hours. Santa is expected to stop by to supervise the Hospital elves at work.
This year – the 17th year of Santa’s Helpers – the Hospital is spending $125 per child on 95 children in addition to donations made by local companies.
“We had some very generous, and most remarkably anonymous, donations this year,’’ said Sue Lepore, facilitator of the program in the administration office at HVHC. “These children ask for so little, some asking only for basic necessities such as shampoo and blankets. We try to meet those requests and then add a little extra to make it a holiday to remember.’’
Hudson Valley Hospital Center is at 1980 Crompond Rd. (Route 202) Cortlandt Manor, NY.